Yves Saint Laurent

Erin Zhang
FMD 456 Historic Perspectives Fashion
Dr. Marie Botkin
08 November 2019

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Yves Saint Laurent, beginning as the young protégé assistant of Christian Dior, truly revolutionized the way of women's dress in the 1960s. Becoming the youngest couturier in the world at age 21, he not only created new and progressive staples in fashion history, but inspired women empowerment through his creations of different silhouettes of femininity or masculinity translated through the usage of sheer fabrics to emphasize sexuality, his borrowing of the male dress code utilized in his creations of the tuxedo trouser-suits, pantsuits and safari jackets for women, and his paid ...

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because he had taught me the essential, blended into this essential and found it to be a wonderful and prolific terrain, the necessary seeds that would allow me to assert myself, grow strong, blossom, and finally exude my own universe." (Yves Saint Laurent, 1986, as cited in The Dior Years, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris) Thus, two years later, following the tragic death of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent became his successor, and was named artistic director of the haute couture house at the age of 21. For his first collection, Saint Laurent immediately set a distinction of himself through the creation of the trapeze line. Instead of Dior's signature slim-fitted waistline and flares away from the knees, presented in the A-line, Saint Laurent created a more fluid silhouette under which the body disappeared. However, after a short military draft and nervous breakdown, Saint Laurent was replaced at Dior by designer Marc Bohan. Saint Laurent then left, and opened his own fashion ...

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garments Saint Laurent introduced after `le smoking' which also featured masculine norms were the pantsuit and safari jacket. A year after the pioneering of `le smoking', he proposed his first pantsuit in his Spring-Summer 1967 collection. Similarly to the tuxedo, Saint Laurent adapted the traditionally masculine suit silhouette for the female body in his pantsuits. The sleeves were fitted and had the waist belted, while the wide pants were flattering for the legs. He also added female accessories, such as heels and jewelry, but still had his models wear masculine elements like a necktie and felt hat. With the safari jacket, Saint Laurent continued the emphasis of feminine-masculine ...

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